Happy New Year to all and I hope everyone had a happy holidays! We are all coming back from the break and I must say it was a lovely one. I was blessed enough to be able to fly back home to Florida and spend time with my family and friends. I had such a marvelous time and I can’t believe how fast it all went by. I hate to brag but Florida is The Sunshine State! So you know I enjoyed soaking up all the sun and warmth possible. The weather was so beautiful it seemed like a dream. I had been gone so long I forgot how spoiled I had it at home. Only my parents knew of me coming home so I was able to surprise everyone else and the best was when I showed up to my grandparent’s house. They were so shocked I thought we were going to have to take a trip to the ER to make sure they were okay! Seeing them filled every part of my heart up with love. It was amazing.
Over the course of being home, I ate as much food I could only get at home as possible and even brought some back to Ireland with me! I went to the movies every chance I got and was always close to my loved ones. One movie I’d like to speak on is Hidden Figures. I really enjoyed it and it made me think about the hidden figures in my life; my family. I could never fully get people to understand how important my family is to me. Throughout my life I have gone through the highest of highs and the lowest of lows, much like everyone else. But one thing I can say is that as everything and everyone in my life has come and gone or changed, the one thing that has always remained the same is the love and continued support I receive from my family. It’s been the biggest blessing and I am so grateful to have people in my life who remind me that I can accomplish anything. Moving to a different country is definitely a lot more challenging than people (myself included) think. Looking back at the last 5 months, this opportunity of a lifetime has pushed me far beyond what I believed to be my limits. I’ve grown in ways I didn’t think possible and I am so proud to be on this journey and finding who I am and where I want to be. I just appreciate and thank my family so much for encouraging me to always push on. I am really excited to be back in this new year and make a difference in the lives I come across. Bring it on 2017!